It is important to stay safe when using and there are a number of measures you can take to ensure you get the best out of the service and do not fall victim to any scams.

Firstly, you should be aware that is not involved in any transactions and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification". Many scammers will try and trick users into believing that they are affiliated with - this is not true and is a scam.

Always try to chat to people via the phone or in person before committing to any property, as you’re more likely to get a better feeling for someone if you communicate directly.

NEVER wire funds via Western Union, MoneyGram, TNT or any other money wire service. This is a big no-no, do NOT do this.

Try to avoid cheques and money orders. Fake cheques and money orders are very common, and banks will cash them and hold you responsible when the fake is discovered weeks later.

Identity fraud is a big concern on the Internet today. Scammers try and obtain as much information from you as possible and then try to masquerade as you by opening credit accounts, etc. Keep your personal details safe (e.g. ID number, bank account details, physical and postal addresses, etc). ONLY give this information to people you absolutely trust!

Never send any copy of any ID/Passport this is a scam.

If the deal seems too good to be true, it generally is.